Award – Nominated for Creative Blogger Award!

Creative Blogger AwardFirst, I want to thank sweet Maiko of Maiko’s Skincare and Nippon for nominating me again for another award. I am truly flattered and honored, and I hope all of you will check out her blog coz its so informative (she’s a skin counselor) and I have learnt so much from her knowledge in the various ingredients used in cosmetics and skin care products! Thanks Maiko!

p/s: Actually, I have another reason for thanking Maiko. Just as I start to type out my appreciation for Maiko, I discovered that the batteries in my Logitech Touch mouse are leaking fluids and I had to change them. I am one of those who believes that everything happens for a reason and I want to thank Maiko for following my blog since I become more active in blogging! 🙂

Now to share with you the rules for accepting the nomination

The Rules:

1. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
2. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
3. Nominate 10 other blogs and their links
4. Notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
5. Pass these rules on to them

5 Facts About Me

1) At this point in my life, I am happily married to a wonderful man who supports me in almost everything that I do. We do not have any children but we believe if our destiny has it, we will. 🙂

2) I am a person of wide and varied interests, ranging from reading about astronomy, to arts and crafts and to metaphysics. I am a certified fengshui practitioner so I am sensitive to the balance of energies around me.

3) I practice meditation through the use of an app, called Headspace. It helps me find internal calm, clears my head during stressful work weeks and helps me sleep better.

4) I am generally an introvert, but shopping is my favourite find-my-sanity activity. I love walking into large drug stores (Watsons, Sephora, John Little, to name a few) or hypermarkets. Just checking out the latest on the shelves makes me feel a lot better after a long tiring week.

5) I am a believer that everything happens for a reason, and I believe doing good begets the good. My lifetime motto is to live with a clear conscience each and every day.

With that, I would like to nominate the following bloggers for the award:

  1. 21panda97 – for the unwavering perseverance to deliver reviews on low budget, highly affordable cosmetics and skincare products – very good tips for those still on pocket money! She educated me on good makeup brush cleaner at just S$2 – I would never have thought about that.
  2. 2063 – this is a blog written in Chinese but not only are the articles extremely well written, the photos taken are just amazing! The blogger shared stories about trips to middle east and the experiences while being there. Thumbs up!
  3. jessiebudgetbeauty – as the name described, this is a blog focusing on budget beauty products, esp pharmacy and drug store brands. Some of the products cannot be found in Singapore so i follow it to find out what else is available and how effective the products are in less humid environments.
  4. livingdisrobed – this is a blog with character and recently, she shared about making your own photo booth. No blogger should miss this post!
  5. Dorkchops – I must give it to dorkchops for dedicating so much time to blogging. I believe she posts almost every day? She’s got so much up her sleeves that I’m just amazed at how she manages university with blogging concurrently. She has a very good collection of product reviews, including mascaras and skin care products. Check out her tips on basic blogging too!
  6. fislittleblog – I like this blog because of its style and the personality it exudes. Sweet. Check out her blog!
  7. The Beauty Lane – I like this blog because it covers not just skin care and cosmetics, but wellness too. I like the posts on wellness coz I am always for learning the natural goodness of things around us.
  8. YHGP (Your Human Guinea Pig) – I have nominated YHGP for the Inspiring Blogger award before and I have fully respect her for the work that she does to make sure her blog followers and readers are given thorough and unbiased review of the drugstore products. For each post, YHGP will take photos in specific timeframes to demonstrate the quality of each product she tested. Kudos!!
  9. jaanethough – jaanethough is a fellow blogger residing in Singapore who just started following my blog (thank you!). She an animal lover and is a proponent for beauty without cruelty. Check out her posts for insightful views on companies that conducts animal testing!
  10. Styled with Joy – This is a fashion and beauty blog! You can find tips about wearing accessories, cleaning your makeup brushes and many more! Do check out her blog or follow her on twitter!

Congratulations to all the nominees! 🙂

Laneige – Moisture Lip Balm

Laneige Moisture Lip Balm.jpgI bought the Laneige Moisture Lip Balm when I was in Seoul last year. This was part of my Myeong Dong haul in June 2014. It was not a planned purchase. Rather, it was because I was experiencing dry and chappy lips, and I bought it out of desperation to heal my lips.

About the Product

This product, as you can see from the image on the left, dispense out of a tube. Its a small tube no longer than a 15cm short ruler. It is very portable and I carry this around me every day in my makeup purse. The product is an opaque gel like texture that is easy to apply. From the Laneige website, it said that this is a “Lip Balm with triple effects: hydrating + healing chapped/dry lips + preventing the signs of aging lips”. It also went on to elaborate that for:

1) Hydrating effect

Water Friendly Polyols Technology gives deep hydration. Also its Lip Care Complex provides an Immediate hydrating effect and long-term moisturizing. (Oil complex prescription with peach stone, apricot stone & plum stone)

2) Healing chapped/dry lips

Water Friendly Polyols Technology & Lip Care Complex prevent dryness and heals chapped lips.

3) Preventing the signs of aging lips

The ingredient, Adenosine, has an anti-wrinkle effect and stimulates cell function. Also Texture Enhancing Technology makes lip texture soft and immediately adds energy to dry and inelastic lip.

Using the Product

I like the texture of the gel, and how easy it is to apply on my lips. Usually, with a cleaned finger, I will dap a 2mm drop and smooth it onto my lips. It helps with moderately dry lips (ie mild peeling cases) but I didn’t find that it works as quickly or effectively for severely chapped lips. I would usually apply this before I use my favourite VDL Triple Lip Tint just to boost the moisture level. Typically, after using this item, I will find the dry skin falling off to reveal smooth and hydrated lips. This tube of 15ml can last quite a while if you are only applying the product on need basis. It is non oily and can work as a subtle gloss if you do not like your gloss to deliver high shine.

Buying the Product

This product is available in most Laneige counters. If you are in Myeong Dong, you may be able to find this product in places such as Watsons. Else the Laneige or Aritaum boutique shops are your best bets. At my favourite online shop, Koreadepart, this product retails for USD12.20 currently.

Was there a lip balm that you like a lot? I chanced upon this, and I am loving it! What about you? 🙂

100 Questions No One Ever Asks Tag

Dorkchops issued the challenge to all of her readers. I thought is pretty cool so I am taking it up and issuing the same challenge to all of you who are reading this post!

Here we go!

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Either. I am not particular coz I would have knocked out by then. 😀

Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
No. But if I chance upon a product that I like, I might take it as a sample to help me locate the full size. ;p

Do you sleep with you sheets tucked in or out?
Tucked in – coz I dont want to be bundled up in the morning. 😀

Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
Nope. Absolutely not!

Do you like to use post-it notes?
You have a size that you’re looking for? I might have them! 😀

Do you cut out coupon but then never use them?
Hardly. I think its a chore. :p

Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
Neither – seriously. I hope Bear Gryll’s survival skills should come in handy to get me out of such situations. 😀

Do you have freckles?
Can’t quite tell if I’m having freckles or age spots.

Do you always smile for pictures?
Yep.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who do not pay enough attention to details – I suppose.

Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

Nope.

Have you ever peed in the woods?
Noooooooo!! 😀

What about pooped in the woods?
Seriously?!? NOOOO!! 😀

Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
Nah…

Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Nope. I think its toxic. 😀

How many people have you slept with this week?
One – my husband. 😀

What size is your bed?
Queen – but hoping for a King.

What is your song of the week?
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
If he looks good – why not?

Do you still watch cartoons?
Anime mostly. At one point it was every evening on Animax. 😀

What’s your least favourite movie?

None in my lifetime.

Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
In my mind. I don’t own any land where I live.

What do you drink with dinner?
Water! Best medicine. Occasionally half a can of non-alcoholic beer.

What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Curry Sauce from MacDonald’s!

What is your favourite food?
Japanese. Sushi and Sashimi, and sometimes Yakitori.

What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
Forrest Gump, The Lakehouse, and many others…

Last person you kissed/kissed you?
My hubby. 🙂

Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
Nope.

Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
No way!!

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Can hardly remember – really.

Can you change the oil on a car?

Hahah… I have never tried coz there’s always a mechanic. 😀

Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
Nope coz I don’t like to drive.

Ever ran out of gas?
Nope.

Favourite kind of sandwich?
Tuna Mayo Sandwich. Never go wrong.

Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Two soft boiled eggs and a cup of black tea without sugar.

What is your usual bedtime?
10:30pm to 11:00pm.

Are you lazy?
Yes. Without a doubt. LOL!!

When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
Have never celebrated Halloween.

What is your Chinese astrological sign?
Ooh.. I shall not tell ya… 😀

How many languages can you speak?
English, Mandarin and a bit of French. Picked up Korean from some friends but its rather limited as well – I can read some Hangul!

Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

Yes – mostly digital and on Fengshui, Fashion and at one point, Scientific Research

Which are better, legos or lincoln dogs?
Legos!

Are you stubborn?
I can be. Yes.

Who is better, Leno or Letterman?
Well.. it depends…

Ever watch soap operas?
Yes. Korean serials are my current fav.

Are you afraid of heights?
Usually no but height determines when the fear kicks in. Hahaha!!

Do you sing in the car?
Yes! Even more when I have the SoundHound App on!

Do you sing in the shower?
Used to – but stopped when I realise my neighbour can hear me loud and clear.. *flush*

Do you dance in the car?
Nope.

Ever used a gun?
Nope. Its illegal anyway.

Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

When I had to renew my passport.

Do you think musicals are cheesy?
Not at all ! I love musicals!

Is Christmas stressful?
Can be – when you don’t know what to get.

Ever eat a pierogi?
Nope.

Favourite type of fruit pie?
Those sold at Fruit Paradise in Singapore – with custard base. Yumz!!

Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Scientist. I wanted my parents to live forever. Then as I got older I wanted to be a fashion designer and study in Paris – that’s how I ended up learning French for 5 years.

Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes.

Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
From time to time, yes.

Take a vitamin daily?
No. I tend to forget to take it.

Wear slippers?
No. Not in humid Singapore! 😀

Wear a bath robe?

There is no need to.

What do you wear to bed?
T-shirt and shorts. Best for tropical weather.

First concert?
Concert by Kit Chan, a Singapore singer who has this rich and mesmerizing vocal.

Wal-Mart, Target, or Kmart?
None in Singapore. Kmart was out long time ago.

Nike or Adidas?
Neither actually. I like my Asics trainers better.

Cheetos or Fritos?
Cheetos!

Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
Sunflower seeds!

Ever heard of the group Tres Bien?
Nope.

Ever take dance lessons?
Yes. Ballroom. But I can’t remember how to anymore.

Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
Nah.

Can you curl your tongue?

Yup.

Ever won a spelling bee?
Never entered one.

Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
Nope.

Own any record albums?
Nope. But I think there are some in my store room somewhere.

Own a record player?
I think its also in the store room.

Regularly burn incense?
Once in a while.

Ever been in love?
Yes.

Who would you like to see in concert?
Kit Chan – still.

What was the last concert you saw?
Kit Chan. Yup.

Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea most of the time.

Tea or coffee?

Tea.

Sugar or snickerdoodles?
Neither. I am not into sweet stuff.

Can you swim well?
Yes!

Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Yes.

Are you patient?
No.

DJ or band, at a wedding?
Band – best if its jazz or big band.

Ever won a contest?
Lucky draw – yes.

Ever have a plastic surgery?
Nope.

Which are better, black or green olives?
Black! Green ones are too tart.

Can you knit or crochet?
Yes for both. But I can never find the patients to finish them.

Best room for a fireplace?
Living room. Safety reasons.

Do you want to get married?
Already am.

If married, how long have you been married?
8 years.

Who was your HS crush?
Never been to HS. I was in tertiary institution.

Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
No way!

Do you have kids?
Nope.

Do you want kids?
Yes if it ever happens.

What’s your favourite colour?
I like all the colours.

Do you miss anyone right now?
Nope.

Well, I have completed all the questionnaires! Are you ready to take up the challenge yet?

Vignettes hits 100 Likes and surpassed 1000 visitors in 3 mths!

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OMG! Vignettes has hit 100 likes since it started on 2013, and has been visited by more than 1,000 visitors that contributes to more than 2,000 views in just 3 months!

I want to thank the readers and fellow bloggers who have been following my blog; and sharing all their wonderful product reviews and reading my infrequent posts. It has been a long road coz I always had difficulty finding time to sit down to blog due to work commitments (I spend abt two thirds of my waking hours at work).

Thank you again for your kind comments and notes. Am very encouraged and shall continue to post more reviews on products that I’ve tried! 🙂

Fakes – My brush with fake Bioderma Sensibio

Remember the last time you bought something really cheap online, thinking that you have scored a bargain with your haul? I made a shocking discovery recently so I thought I should alert all beauty junkies like me who would at times take the risk to buy something cheap online.

I bought a batch of 4 bottles of Sensibio from a vendor six months back from an online shop. There was a 1 for 1 sale and I thought, geez… thats really good deal! So i placed the order and you can imagine how thrilled I was when they arrived.

Fast forward 6 months later, I finally finished my bottle of Bioderma Sensibio that i had purchased at retail price from local pharmacy. So I thought hey, I can now open one of the four bottles to use now! The bottles of Sensibio looks genuine as the vendor had claimed. However, my first reaction when I wiped the solution with my cotton pad was “hmmm, this doesn’t feel quite right… its quite slippery and foamy…”. I thought I was just too tired, so I used it again for the next few days just want to be absolutely certain that something is not right. On the fifth day, I couldn’t take the soapiness any longer, so i started googling to see if there was supposed to be new formula in the product or whether I was over reacting. I chances upon a blog which described how Sensibio should feel like on our skin, and the texture of fakes. Then I recalled that I still had a small sample bottle of Sensibio tucked somewhere in my room (bought it from pharmacy) so I broke the seal to make a comparison. True enough, the Sensibio that I’d  bought from the pharmacy was exactly how it should have been, but the one I bought online at one for one promotion was way too soapy and had a faint apple scent.

The fortunate part of this story is that I did manage to obtain refund for 3 out of 4 bottles. The vendor refunded without question, and I am now left with 4 bottles of fakes in my room.

From this I learnt that I should have been more prudent and careful with those super sales online, although there are genuine sales around. I just want to caution fellow readers out there to be more careful in dealing with vendors who claim to import products in parallel.

How about you? Have you experienced similar incidents?

Tarte – Amazonian Clay 12-hr Blush

Tarte Blusher.jpgI have this Tarte Blusher for some time and this I must say it is a prized purchase because the colour lasts for at least 6 hours when I am indoors in sunny and humid Singapore.

About the Product

Those of you who are frequents to Sephora would know about Tarte Cosmetics. From the website, it says that “This 12-hour blush universally benefits all skin types for a fade-free, flawless finish in shades ranging from soft to vivid and matte to shimmer to suit a wide variety of skin tones.  Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place while also hydrating the skin naturally to restore moisture, reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin.” It also claims to:

“ALWAYS FORMULATED WITHOUT: parabens • mineral oil • phthalates • triclosan • sodium lauryl sulfate • gluten”

Using the Product

I am using Dollface and this is definitely my favourite blusher for now! Not only does it last for hours without fading (well unless you rub your cheeks from time to time and that will certainly rub off the colour). I have used bare minerals blusher but the staying power is not as long. I work on average 9 to 12 hours a day and I have normal to oily combination skin. Its just amazing to still be able to see the blusher on my cheeks after such long working hours. What’s more, I am able to gradually layer on the blusher for darker shades – unlike some other blushers that I’ve used where it can look too dark when I dust on another round of blusher. Its great for creating naturally pink cheeks! *love it love it!!* Oil control wise, I am not sure coz my face can get really oily – and I attribute it to dry airconditioning and not drinking sufficient fluids in office. But overall I still think this is THE BEST mineral blusher – ever!

Where to Buy the Product

Two places: your nearest Sephora and Tarte Cosmetics website!

Are you a tartelette too? Tell me about your experience with the Amazonian Clay Blush!